June 15, 2012
The youth vote is critical to the 2012 election. With the future of America riding on young people’s ability to turn out and vote this election, Rollins is teaming up with the online service TurboVote to make it easier for students to register and vote this election season.
TurboVote is a service provided by Democracy Works, Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to improving civic engagement through the use of technology. Launched in 2010 by master’s students in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the tool eases and speeds up the voter registration process and gives users access to absentee ballots as well as text and email reminders in an effort to ensure elections aren’t missed. TurboVote is currently being used to increase voter turnout at a number of schools including Boston College, University of Florida, and Miami-Dade.
Rollins makes every effort to inspire
students to take action, engage in issues that matter, and create a better
world. Rollins’ partnership with TurboVote is part of a larger civic engagement
initiative known as the Rollins Democracy Project. Spearheaded by the Office of Community
Engagement, the Rollins Democracy Project aims to elevate the level of
civic engagement of the Rollins community and get students excited about voting
in the upcoming election.
“We each have a responsibility to participate in our country’s democratic process,” said Sarah Elbadri, graduate assistant in the Office of Community Engagement. “The Rollins Democracy Project, especially with TurboVote, is making voting and getting involved in civic issues effortless and exciting.”
The Rollins Democracy Project will host a variety of on-campus programs, events, and guest speakers during the fall semester to build far-reaching interest in civic education.
“Civic engagement is one of the most important vehicles for students to create change,” said Micki Meyer, director of community engagement. “TurboVote allows students to register as voters in Winter Park, allowing an even larger portion of the Rollins community to make their voice heard on issues in our own backyard.”
Register or re-register to vote, request an absentee ballot, or simply opt-in to receive text and email message about Election Day, polling locations, and information about what's on the ballot. Sign up for a Rollins TurboVote account today!
By Justin Braun
Office of Marketing & Communications
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